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The State Museum celebrates the beauty of the Smoky Mountains

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – The Tennessee State Museum has a new exhibit celebrating the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

It’s the most visited national park in the country, and Tennessee calls it home. The Smoky Mountains are on display in a free exhibit called “Painting of the Smokies” at the Tennesse State Museum.

When it comes to nature, there are no winners and losers, but let’s brag a bit here; when you talk to visitors, the Smokies beat the Rockies, Yellowstone, and Yosemite hands down.

State museum curator Matthew Gailani admits it all depends on location. “Well, it’s true. The Smokies are close to the east coast, and we have such a large population that way.

The Smokies claimed here thousands of years ago; Frankin Roosevelt gave them national park status in 1934. 11 million visitors a year and some subjects for paintings that could fill several museums.

Five artists began a national interest in this mountain range 80 years ago. it brought in more artists and tourists, and it keeps growing.

Matthew says, “Surely the Smokies are a treasure trove in Tennesse and North Carolina; that’s one of the reasons they’re the most visited national park in the country, so it really is America’s national park.”

Of course, a visit is the best thing; what’s on the walls here is this.

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